Strong medicine

There is a widespread spirit of heaviness on God’s people.  It is a crushing weight of care.  It is battle-fatigue from the constant shelling of bad news.   The media barks, “We interrupt this bad news to give you more bad news.”

Hearing the angry debates—seeing the rioting in the streets and Islamic terror attacks drains sanity from souls.

Not only this, we have to hold in enormous frustration: stupidity and wickedness get a megaphone—wisdom and righteousness get duct tape over their mouth.

These are the times that rob inner peace—that bring intense restlessness—that rinse the color and enjoyment from our life.

These are the times Jesus warned us of and gave us direction for.

First He said, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.” – Luke 21: 17-19

Talk about mindless hate! The liberal, and feminist bias toward Islam and hatred for Christ is mind-bending.  It makes zero sense.  Yet that is exactly the kind of irrational hatred our Lord predicted. It is a weariness to believers who openly share their faith.

Then He said: Luke 21: 34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.”

The dumbest thing anyone ever said to me: “when you come to Jesus your problems are over.”  I never had problems until I met Jesus!  I kept wondering why am I being attacked?  Why am I being shot at from all directions?  Why do I meet stiff resistance every time I try to do something meaningful for Jesus?

Does this sound familiar? You walk through life, minding your own business and wham!  A coworker rages at you for no reason. Money evaporates.  Your health fails.  Loved ones abandon God.  A confluence of demonic attacks falls on you.  Life has never felt so cruel and unfair.

At the apex of one of these attacks something happened to me.  A terrifying thought became a glorious thought:  SOMEBODY IS MAD AT JESUS AND THEY ARE TAKING IT OUT ON ME!  Suddenly, I felt qualified to fight back. And I felt profoundly honored.

Think about it!  A soldier does not go to war because he has a personal grudge against the enemy.  He didn’t declare war—his nation did.  He is not responsible for the battle plan—the military is.  He is not paying his own way to the war—his government is.

Let’s rehearse the things that are not the soldier’s responsibility.  The training he needs—the weapons he needs—the food and shelter he needs—the assignment he needs…these and a host of other things are not his responsibility.

The soldier does not create the organized army.  He does not carry the weight of how the war will be won.

If he sits in the foxhole feeling alone and unfairly attacked it is because he forgotten who he is and why he is being attacked.  He has taken the battle into his own hands!

But when he remembers that he was recruited—when he recalls that he is not alone but a part of a victorious army and all he is called to do is obey orders—it changes everything!

When we take the attack personally we lose hope.  When we say, “The battle is not mine, it’s God’s,” we cannot be defeated.  Let’s stay out of things that do not concern us.  Let’s keep our conflict in the hands of God.  We must discern when we are operating in our own strength and by our own wits.

Remembering your attacks are not personal is plainly seen in these verses:  Luke 21: 12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of special persecution, and you will be dragged into synagogues and prisons and before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 But as a result, the Messiah will be widely known and honored.  14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.

When they were arrested it felt personal. When they were dragged to court it felt personal.  But when they were asked to speak it became God’s battle and Christ is glorified!  He gave them the words and the courage to speak.  He even told them not to prepare words beforehand.  That means that we are not to devise ways of fighting back.  It means we will get what we need when we need it.

Paul experienced the same thing: “Philippians 1:12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…”

Right now we have a presidential election that embodies everything that is wrong with our nation.  It is a hair-pulling, maddening, terrifying and draining moment for believers. We must put the battle back in God’s hand and let Him replenish our peace and joy.

Never forget! We have the best message humanity has ever heard, and the best book ever written.   We have the best captain in the universe!  We have the all-powerful Holy Spirit sent to aid us.   We have access to power, strategy and wisdom.  All of this and more can direct our fighting.

Someone is mad at Jesus and they are taking it out on you?  What an honor!  What an opportunity!  When Satan comes at you let Jesus come at him!

The first time an angel stares at you in heaven with wonder and admiration for your service to Christ…you’ll know why your trials are worth it all.  The first time you hear “well done” from Jesus you won’t remember the trials.  No wonder Paul said, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”-Romans 8:18





18 thoughts on “Strong medicine

  1. I am daily grateful for the voice of this ministry…i can not wait for time for my monthly honor to support this great work of God in the earth!

    Mario is an Almost singular voice of wisdom.
    While some find it their place to parse over devout ministries words to protect their own doctorine in a proudful manner that causes division…Mario stays near Gods heart for a message that is a call for faithfulness to Christ…not individual Church doctorinal battles.

    Every few weeks i call the ministry to ask…” Is it time to give yet?”

    Consider within…” Are these messages worth my BEST?”

    I think so my friend.

    Jan Gaines
    Servantheart Publishing Media Corporation

  2. Mario, every time you put a word of yours out it is so timely for us personally and for the Body of Christ corporately!… this is again one of those timely insights.
    My Husband & I have been speaking a lot lately about King Jehoshaphat, at 2 Chronicles 20:20, we have always called this 20×20 vision, the Prophet of God gave instruction to Jehoshaphat, (v-17) ” You do not have to fight this battle, Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of The Lord. He is with you…do not be afraid or discouraged, tomorrow go out and face them, for the Lord is with you.” (v-20) In the morning they got up and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa…Jehoshaphat said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Believe in The Lord your God, and you will be established; believe in His prophets and you will succeed.”
    I just spoke to ‘some’ of this problem we face today, & I was shown this is another reason for it, & also how to obtain the peace of God within it.
    Sure hope this helps too🙏


  4. Awesome word, Mario! Absolutely true and brings us back into correct alignment. In the battle our vision can get blurred and the enemy tries to get us to take our eyes of Jesus and get them on ourselves. You reminded us of the correct perspective. That’s why we are instructed to put on the Armor of God. It’s not our armor, it’s His because it’s not our battle, it’s His! It’s not Donald Trump they really hate. It’s the One who chose him and whose anointing he wears that they oppose.

  5. Ecc_9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
    Ecc_9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
    Ecc_9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
    Ecc_9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
    Ecc_9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

  6. Like wooden puppets on a string the loud, lying talking points
    scream the insanity of a godless people indoctrinated by
    public education, media and entertainment.
    Thank you Mario for plainly speaking out God’s voice of reason!

  7. Thank you Mario for your unwavering determination against that foul stinkin’ liar, the devil. “…and a word spoken in due season, how good it is”. You have encouraged me, I hope to do the same for you by responding here today. Blessings to you and your family, I am praying for you.

  8. I have disconnected my dish cable TV I only listen to or study the word of God. I learned a long time ago not to let news of the today’s world influence who I am in Christ. It doesn’t matter to me what’s happening 2000 miles from me or even a hundred miles from me. No news is good news.

  9. God leads me in the paths I need go. I don’t allow the world news of today to influence who I am in Christ Jesus. Simply because I do not listen to the world news today. I do not subscribe to it. I don’t subscribe to pay TV. I post the word of God on Facebook and that is all. Nothing robs me of inner peace—that bring intense restlessness—that rinses the color and enjoyment from my life. The enemy tries to attack my physical at times, but I look to the cross of Jesus Christ and serve him only. Hatred for Christ is mind-bending I know. And It makes zero sense. Yes I understand that, that is exactly the kind of irrational hatred our Lord predicted. It is a weariness to believers who openly share their faith. And yet My answer is simple “JESUS IS KING” and satan will bow his knees. And not the other way around. My job is to lay hands on Gods people and see them recover, it’s the Lord’s job to do the rest. I will go out into the highways and byways and bid them to come in. But Not in the least bit interested in what hell and the devil is up to. Jesus is King and the word of God is alive and full of power.
    I fear no man, I have no fear of death.
    I walk by faith and not by sight nor by my five senses. I have an unction from the Holy One God an extrasensory perception if you will. The Lord said fear not I have overcome the world and I believe him . I have all power in heaven and earth that he left to me when he left to sit at the right hand of his father . Bottom line is that I read the back of the book and we win. There is a prescribed order of victory over the World the Flesh and the devil and that is the faith of the son of God, Christ and him crucified and faith in that alone.

    This Is Steven James
    Now You Know The Rest of The Story Good-Day

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